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I read an article the other day that suggested there are two types of rappers, those who came before Rakim and those who came after. And while I’m no rap historian, I’m pretty sure this is true.
Rakim (real name William Michael Griffin Jr) was making music before I was even born. He first came onto the scene in 1986, when his formative rap duo, Eric B & Raki, released “Eric B. Is President” to mass hysteria.
In the years that followed, Rakim would release eight studio albums, including the infamous “Paid in Full”, as well as four solo efforts. His free-rhythm rhyming style and stoic delivery have cemeted Rakim into hip-hop history and he may just be getting started.
If you want to see the legend live in action, come by Vancouver’s Fortune Sound Club tonight, where he’ll be performing live with Jay Swing, J. Dennis, J.U.L.S., and Ill TONE. Advanced tickets are $25 and you can purchase them online or at the door (if quantity permits). For more information visit the Facebook event page.
Posted by @clarkbs
Rakim is easily one of my fave MC’s ever.
For his return to hip hop in 1997, Rakim released The 18th Letter, his first solo album. It wasn’t groundbreaking, but it was good overall with some tightly produced tracks by some of the best (Clark Kent, Premier).
‘Guess Who’s Back’ is definitely one of the best tracks off the LP.
And check out the sample from Bob James: